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Kobe will not play against Boston

Feb 17, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for nba_bryant2_250.jpgUpdate 3:53 pm Okay, I am done predicting when Kobe will be back.

When asked at Lakers practice today, Bryant said he would not be playing against the Celtics on Thursday night. He said the ankle and tendon were not ready, but that he could change his mind tomorrow depending on how it feels.

11:35 am Yes, you saw the “Kobe will be back next game” headline yesterday. But this time we really mean it.

He was good enough to practice Monday but the ankle didn’t respond well so he didn’t go Tuesday. But that was against a Monta-less Golden State Warriors team. Thursday night it is national television against the Celtics. Different motivation factors there.

Phil Jackson talked in a circle about Kobe’s ankle after the game Tuesday.

“I’m sure he wants to be (ready to face the Celtics),” Jackson said. “I’m sure he’s making every attempt to be. He’s doing therapy; he’s almost doing therapy too much in the process of trying to get this thing better. I think he’ll give it a try and we’ll see how it is on Thursday.”

After Thursday’s game, the Lakers are off again for four days, until the following Tuesday. That’s a lot of time to rest up, and another reason for Kobe to go. As if he needed another reason besides the Celtics

  1. Mark - Feb 17, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    He had to go to Colorado to assult another woman. Finally he is back.

  2. Ron - Feb 17, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Mark, I believe you have to be an adult in order to post here. Obviously, you are not. Go away.
    Getting to the subject at hand, Kobe doesn’t need to go at all. The Lakers are 4-0 without him, and I seriously believe this Kobe-less Lakers team can take care of a Celtics team that is clearly reeling from age and injury factors.

  3. Steve - Feb 17, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    I agree with Ron. Kobe should rest until his ankle is strong enough to play. It doesn’t make sense to reinjure himself by playing too soon. One game doesn’t make the season, but a major injury to Kobe does. Fun watching Shannon and Andrew take care of business.
    I actually believe these times can be great for the Lakers as they learn to win without kobe.

  4. Just me - Feb 17, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    LOL… I love reading the sport section…. men take sports so seriously…

  5. brooklyn kid - Feb 17, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    I agree with Ron, especially about Mark. I think Kobe should sit too, the extra day’s will help come June.Lakers have a good lead in the West with some match ups with the Mavs and Nuggets left later this year.Th e rest of teh guy’s can carry the load and get some confidence they can win and play without the Black Mamba and win.

  6. Bill-Sonora - Feb 17, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    Couldnt have said it better myself.
    Good post Ron.

  7. Big G - Feb 17, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    It’s a free Country & people can say what they want. Don’t need some clown like Ron dictating what people should say or do. Why don’t you go away Ron. kobe is a punk who got off becuase he paid the girl off. Don’t know about the whole deal, but when someone pays another person off, there is usually something to it. That being said Kobe might be the best basketball player of his era. He sucks as a human though.

  8. pete - Feb 17, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    It’s amazing that in the so called “land of the free” the phrase “innocent until proven guilty” means nothing. Either there is a free and fair justice system or people should just be found guilty based on what we read in the paper, what we hear people say they read or watched, or based on our own personal feelings. Very interesting!

  9. Jacob - Feb 17, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    He doesnt need to play vs boston now, only if they meet in the finals. Lakers are fine, they are too deep.

  10. Anonymous - Feb 17, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    wether or not kobe “sucks as a human” has nothing to do with him playing basketball, unless he’s someone you know personally it really doesn’t matter what you think of him. he plays good basketball, and if you dont like watching it, you shouldn’t…

  11. pocahontas - Feb 17, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    I truly agree. If you dislike KOBE that much, why watch. How do you him as a human being? Have you spent time with him on or off the court? Have you cleaned his house, his car, his locker? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, so please don’t judge a person without know them. One of these days this blog will not see the work rapist in it. I don’t believe in telling people what to say or how to say it, but think before you say it.

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  13. jgab - Feb 17, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    Mark you are a total idot!!!

  14. vtrimm23 - Feb 17, 2010 at 6:21 PM


  15. Alex - Feb 17, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    Doesn’t Ron have the right to tell Mark to “go away” and call out his immaturity? Just like I have a right to call out the fact that you are an idiot. You’re an idiot…and it’s a free country.
    I agree. Kobe should rest his ailments as long as his team continues to handle business and win without him. A healthy Kobe in the the playoffs is paramount.

  16. Anonymous - Feb 17, 2010 at 9:16 PM

    Hey Big G, what kind of crap is in your closet that you have never apologized for? Kobe did wrong, apologized in a timely manner, then settled the whole thing according to recognized and accepted “laws of the land”.

  17. RW of LA - Feb 18, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    People like you Mark are SICK. It can be 50 years later and they will still be talking about what happed back then. Kobe has moved on with his life. Mark should do the same or shut up.

  18. Anonymous - Feb 18, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    You’re an idiot, try forgiveness fool!

  19. Tman - Feb 18, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    hey big G(oof), they’re all punks. they all have money and they all womanize! what, you think that the rest of em(like Lebron and Dwayne) are all angels? c’mon now. Kobe just got blackmailed for money, plain and simple. anyways, this article’s about basketball so please stick to it. you and your sweetheart mark should marry each other.

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